Heartfelt poems written by the grieving families of World War One victims have been highlighted by ancestry website Genes Reunited.
Around 16 million people died in the First World War and many relatives published original prose in their local newspapers as a way of grieving for their loved ones who died in battle, often when there was no body to mourn over.
Members of the British and Belgian miltiary stand in salute in front of the sacred soil aboard the Belgian Frigate Louise Marie. The soil is for the new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden, and as a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment.
Seventy sandbags of soil from battlefields in World War One will be carried through London today as part on their way to a new memorial garden which will mark next year's 100th anniversary of the start of the war.
A British soldier voluntarily returned to a German prisoner of war camp, after he was allowed home to visit his dying mother during World War One, a historian has discovered.
Captain Robert Campbell, aged 29, was captured by German authorities only two weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July 1914, and imprisoned in Magdeburg prisoner-of-war camp.
When he heard his mother was gravely ill, he wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II asking to be allowed to visit her in England.
His request was granted and he returned to his family home in Gravesend in December 1916 to spend a week with his mother, who was suffering from terminal cancer. He returned to the camp and stayed there until the war ended in 1918.
The story was discovered by historian Richard van Emden while researching a new book.
A national competition will be held to design the centenary paving stones which will be placed in areas of the UK where Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War were born.
There will be 28 stones unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914, and other stones will be unveiled each year up until 2018.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, announcing the competition, said: "Laying paving stones to mark these Victoria Cross heroes will ensure that there is a permanent memorial to all the fallen who fought for our country."
He added the stones would "help residents understand how their area played its part in the Great War, and ensure memories of that sacrifice for British freedom and liberty are kept alive for generations to come."